The Sheridan Story and the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities are partnering to provide free, nourishing food to families to ensure youth have food in August before school starts.

A significant food gap exists in August when summer school has ended, but the school year has yet to begin. Many children who rely on the free and reduced meal programs at school find themselves with limited access to nutritious meals.

To fill this food gap, The Sheridan Story has prepared 10,000 bags of food that will be available. From Aug. 9 through Aug. 30, families can stop by the front desk at any YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities location, including the Elk River YMCA, and ask for a free bag of food. YMCA membership is not required. Supplies are limited.

The Elk River YMCA is located at 13337 Business Center Drive. Publicly accessible hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

“We are grateful to partner with The Sheridan Story to ensure all of our families in our community have access to food during summer break and no child goes hungry,” said Glen Gunderson, president and CEO of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. “The YMCA is committed to working with community partners to address the more than 200,000 children in Minnesota who live with food insecurity by providing education, access and support.”

“Many children don’t have access to food in August when summer school is over and the new school year hasn’t started yet,” said Rob Williams, executive director of The Sheridan Story. “In fact, more than 15 percent of the children in Minnesota face empty kitchen cupboards. We are fortunate to partner with the YMCA and other partners to close the summer break food gap.”

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